Observation 71629: Agaricus augustus Fr.
When: 2011-07-15
No herbarium specimen

Notes: Ahh,fog drip and what it brings. I DO, however, have some question about identification. Arora states that the a. praeclaresquamosus is “often developing reddish or vinaceous stains in wet weather”. The weather was wet AND there were vinaceous stains at the flesh-thinned circumference on the 12+ inch specimen. I suspect this stain will appear on almost all wet agarics when the mushroom is mature and the gills are turning from beige THROUGH a vinaceous color to brown. However, this is not a mentioned feature of a. agustus. Could I be wrong? This was found on July 13. Very NOT praeclaresquamosus season, but???

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By: dan harder (iblewit)
2011-07-16 11:41:29 CDT (-0500)

Sorry, I should have mentioned that ALL other identifying indicators were positive for a. augustus, viz. smell, scales on the stipe, etc. And we did eat them, they were as wonderful as any a. augustus we’ve tasted, and we survived.

The golden to brown color
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2011-07-15 16:15:56 CDT (-0500)

and shaggy stipe rule out A. praeclaresquamosus

Odor?
By: Darvin DeShazer (darv)
2011-07-15 15:02:11 CDT (-0500)

You didn’t mention the smell. Did you scratch the flesh and smell the odor?
A. augustus is strongly like sweet almonds and A. praeclaresquamosus smells like freshly laid asphalt or road tar, a foul smell.

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